Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board appears to be heading towards stormy days as two senior officials have complained about the attitude of chairman Ijaz Butt to the chief patron of the board, President Asif Zardari.
Former Test captains Javed Miandad, who is the director-general cricket in the board, and chief operating officer Wasim Bari have separately informed Zardari that they are not happy with the working style and behaviour of Butt.
Miandad, in fact, met Zardari earlier this week.
“The President is a keen follower of the game and my meeting with him was very constructive. I am hopeful everyone will get to hear some good news soon,” Miandad told reporters.
“I wanted to meet the President because he was the one who appointed me in the board. I conveyed to him how I was being sidelined and how the chairman was treating former greats and taking unilateral decisions not in the interest of Pakistan cricket,” he said.
The former captain said it was important to give the other side of the story to the President who was gracious enough to give time from his busy schedule.
Miandad’s meeting comes at a time when there has been speculations that Butt may have finally lost favour in the government circles and may face the sack soon.
Relations between Butt and Miandad worsened after the latter was issued a notice by the board for giving statements on the selection of the squad for the ongoing England tour.
PCB COO Wasim Bari has also finally gathered courage to convey his problems with Butt to the President.
Bari has reportedly sent a letter to the President outlining how he has been sidelined in the board by Butt for no logical reasons.
Butt is presently in England to watch Pakistan’s Test series against Australia.
Meanwhile, the government has denied reports that Butt was being favoured by the sports minister and other government officials because he sent them on PCB expenses.
The Sports Ministry issued a clarification that minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani was going to London for the treatment of his child on his own expenses and was not being sponsored by the board.